Regenerative agriculture looks to nature for agronomic solutions

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Regenerative agriculture looks to nature for agronomic solutions

Tim Hammerich
Journalist

It’s time to publish your Farm of the Future report. I am Tim Hammerich.

Regenerative agriculture has really taken off in recent years. This ecologically intensive farming approach relies as much as possible on working with nature rather than on external inputs. So where does technology fit into this model? That’s the question I posed to Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, director of the Ecdysis Foundation and CEO of Blue Dasher Farm.

Lundgren… “I think you have to respect the principles first, don’t you. We need to have a very solid understanding of conservation, soil, etc. And within that, there will be opportunities to make life easier, and technology can do that. The thing is, technology can never replace biology on our farms.

Lundgren calls replacing biology a “slippery slope,” but says there are opportunities for technologies that work with nature.

Lundgren… “Technologies that help us plant. Technologies that help us bring the way of life back into the farmland so that you can harvest crops or move those animals more easily. These are opportunities for technology to really help improve our farm rather than replace a farm’s biology.

The Ecdysis Foundation is conducting research to support these practices with more data.

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